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Hill And Beadle Out At ESPN, Brady Ends Interview, USC’s True Freshman QB, Bryce Love’s Love Of Football

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Over the weekend, ESPN announced a few shakeups. Jemele Hill, once touted as a rising star at the network, ruffled feathers this year after making numerous politically controversial statements. Among her most talked about social media comments was when Hill tweeted President Trump was a “white supremacist”. ESPN, under new leadership, has been trying to avoid politics, and Hill wasn’t a good fit anymore, so they bought out her contract.

In other ESPN news, Michelle Beadle is leaving the new morning show “Get Up” this week. Beadle made her own controversial comments last week when she stated she wasn’t going to watch football anymore. She said, “There’s a reason why this will be the second season I don’t watch NFL and I don’t spend my Saturdays watching college football either. I believe that the sport of football has set itself up to be in a position where it shows itself in the bigger picture to not really care about women — they don’t really care about people of color.” Beadle, who has a $5 million dollar contract with the network, will now work in Los Angeles for NBA Countdown.

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New England QB Tom Brady hung up the phone and abruptly ended an interview on a Boston radio station after repeated questions about his trainer Alex Guerrero. Last season Guerrero was banned from traveling with the team due to his “unorthodox” training methods. He’s seemingly very close to Brady, however, and traveled on the team plane this week in their matchup with the Panthers. It’s unclear why he doesn’t want to answer questions about Guerrero.

In college football news, USC named freshman (a true freshman not a redshirt) JT Daniels as their starting quarterback this season.

Stanford running back Bryce Love, a Heisman candidate, wrote a first person account in the new issue of Sports Illustrated explaining why he loves football, and why he chose to remain at Stanford for his senior year instead of entering the NFL draft. Love explained there’s life after football, and his dream is to become a pediatrician. He said, “As much as I desperately wish to play in the NFL, I am also passionate about becoming a pediatrician—something else I’ve dreamed of ever since my doctor cured me of pneumonia when I was little.” Love also defended his decision to skip media day this summer to attend class.

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LaVar Destroyed Lithuanian Team, Kopech’s Racist/Homophobic Tweets, Sherman Launches Fantasy Site

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LaVar Ball is back in the news after his son’s Lithuanian coach posted on Twitter a letter complaining about LaVar destroying the team. The coach also mentioned his disappointment in the sons LiAngelo and LaMelo claiming, “The most disappointing fact was that they had no inner drive to become better.” He went on to say, the brothers’ talent was “nowhere near the level of the LKL (Lithuanian league), let alone the NBA.”

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Pitcher Michael Kopech made a solid major league debut on Tuesday night with the White Sox, then soon realized he’s back in the news for racist and homophobic tweets he made 5 years ago at the age of 17.  Kopech responded to the criticism by saying, “It’s unfortunate that I was ever at that point mentally, but it’s not who I am now. Yeah, I cleaned some tweets up and tried to get rid of them. But, obviously, people saw them. It’s not who I am now, and it’s not who I want to be.’’ Kopech joins major leaguers Trea Turner, Sean Newcomb and Josh Hader who also had to apologize recently for old racist remarks surfacing on their social media accounts.

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman launched a daily fantasy sports site called Daily Number. As a co-founder of the company, he’s believed to be the first player to own or co-own a fantasy game.

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Urban Meyer Suspended 3 Games And Showed No Remorse, Browns Asst Coach Hates Stretching, Helmet Rule Remains

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Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was suspended for 3 games for how he handled the domestic abuse allegations against his assistant coach  Zach Smith. Meyer held a press conference Wednesday night apologizing to the University for how the situation was handled. He never admitted, however, he knew anything about the years of abuse Smith’s wife, Courtney, suffered, even though Courtney shared her suffering with Meyer’s wife via text messages. Meyer even knew  there was a police investigation. Many are upset with Meyer’s lack of emotion and contrition during the press conference, never mentioning Courtney’s name or her years of suffering.

Cleveland Browns assistant coach Bob Wylie made it very clear he hates stretching and went on a rant about how unnecessary it is for athletes. In defense of his beliefs he brought up the athleticism of soldiers and said, “Did you know, World War I and World War II, all those guys that fought in that war … they did pushups, jumping jacks, situps, climb the rope and ran. None of this fancy (expletive). And they won two World Wars. Do you think they were worried when they were running across Normandy about (expletive) stretching?”

The NFL decided its new controversial helmet rule will remain in place, with the clarification that unintentionally contact will not be called. An NFL executive explained “The committee resolved that there will be no changes to the rule as approved by clubs this spring, which includes no additional use of instant replay. The committee also determined that inadvertent or incidental contact with the helmet and/or face mask is not a foul.”

 

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Marchiol Accuses Texas A&M Of NCAA Violations, Smith Suspended For Domestic Abuse, Nationals Throw In Towel

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Linebacker Santino Marchiol accused Texas A&M of alleged NCAA violations.  Marchiol left the program last season and transferred to Arizona, accusing coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff of violations including giving cash to players for hosting recruits and holding training sessions that violated  NCAA rules. Part of the reason Marchiol is airing these complaints is he’s hoping he can convince the NCAA to allow him to be eligible to play at Arizona this season instead of sitting out due to transfer rules.

The Baltimore Ravens  cornerback Jimmy Smith has been suspended for four games for domestic violence and illegal drug use by his former girlfriend. Smith said, “I take full responsibility for my past conduct. Moving forward, I will work with the NFL and the Ravens to ensure that what happened in the past will never happen again. I will take all necessary steps to be a positive role model for both my sons, for the NFL and for the entire Ravens community.” The Ravens organization stated, “Our player’s behavior was inappropriate and wrong” but they plan to keep Smith on their roster and expect him to play when his suspension is over.

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The Washington Nationals traded All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs and first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals. With these two trades, the fans and media are all saying the Nationals have “thrown in the towel” after their disastrous season.

 

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Harbaugh Confident No Violations, Rodgers Hopes Team Not Soft, Anthony Signs W/Rockets, deGrom’s Prospects

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After 13 football players at the University of North Carolina were suspended for selling their team-issued Jordan brand shoes on the secondary market, reports surfaced that Michigan athletes (not necessarily football players) may have sold their Jordan brand shoes as well. Football coach Jim Harbaugh said he doesn’t suspect any of his players violated the NCAA regulation, and as far as he can tell there won’t be any suspensions this season.

Last week Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers called his team’s practice “piss poor“. He clarified the comments this week saying he wasn’t trying to send a message and stating, “I hope we’re not that soft.”

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Carmelo Anthony officially signed with the Houston Rockets. The big question is whether he’ll be a starter or come off the bench. According to Coach Mike D’Antoni, “We talked about everything. How we would handle this or do that. All he wants to do is win. He wants to come in here & contribute, even said he wanted to be the glue guy. We got to figure out what’s the best way to play him & get the max out of him.”

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Jacob deGrom helped the Mets beat the Yankees on Monday night, walking off the field to cheers from an enthusiastic New York crowd. With the win, deGrom has 7 wins and a .500 season (although he’s recorded a 1.81 ERA), so many are speculating whether his poor team performance will prevent him from winning the NL Cy Young award. Even though he’s considered one of the best pitchers in the game, according to the stats, “no starting pitcher has won the Cy Young with fewer than 13 wins.”

 

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Koepka Wins PGA Championship, Tiger Back, Helmet Penalties, Maryland Coach On Leave

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Brooks Koepka won his second major victory with a two-shot lead over Tiger Woods to grab the PGA Championship. Koepka also won the 2018 US Open. This was the best finish for Woods since 2009, and the fans went crazy yelling “Let’s Go Tiger” everywhere he walked. After the tournament, Tiger told a reporter, “These fans were so positive all week. I can’t thank them enough for what they were saying out there and what it meant to me as a player.”

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NFL officials issued 25 dropping the helmet penalties so far in the NFL Preseason. The new rule describes “a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent”. According to reports, there were 275 overall penalties during this first week,

Maryland football head coach DJ Durkin has been placed on administrative leave while investigators try and uncover the reasons for the death of one his football players in June. Nineteen-year-old Jordan McNair suffered a fatal heatstroke after collapsing on the field during conditioning drills. Durkin and at least two of his staff members have been accused of “indifference” towards the players. According to an ESPN report, the Maryland football program is an “environment based on fear and humiliation.” The incident is creating a platform for a wider discussion about whether or not there is a problem with the culture of college football.

 

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LeBron’s “Shut Up And Dribble”, 13 NC Players Suspended, Elliott’s Dad Supports Meyer

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LeBron James has been busy this off-season. First, he opened the “I Promise” school in Akron, Ohio, then he announced the debut August 28th of “The Shop” where he’ll have conversations with people in barbershops around the country. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also the Executive Producer of  “Shut Up and Dribble”, a 3-part documentary series on Showtime. According to reports, “The series traces the modern history of the league and its players, starting with the 1976 merger of the freewheeling American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association, exploring how the top players have expanded their reach off the court in fields such as business and fashion while becoming icons in the process.”

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Thirteen North Carolina Tar Heel football players (including quarterback Chazz Surratt) will miss at least one game this season for selling school-issued limited edition Nike Jordan shoes. Selling school-issued shoes is an NCAA violation and according to the coach, the players knew the rules. The NCAA agreed to stagger the suspensions since so many players were involved, and some shared the same position.

Over 100 people turned out to show support for Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. Meyer was suspended with pay for allegedly knowing about a domestic violence incident with one of his assistant coaches but failing to report what he knew. Former Ohio State running back (and current Dallas Cowboy star player) Ezekiel Elliott’s father fired up the crowd in support of Meyer claiming Meyer taught his son values. In a twisted irony, Ezekiel was suspended for 6 games by the Leauge last season for alleged domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. Elliott never admitted wrongdoing.

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Owens CFL Tryout, Hurts On Transfer Narrative, Bryce Love Skips Media Day For Class, Red Sox Sweep Yankees

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Just a day after his Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Terrell Owens tried out for the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. According to Owens, “It’s key when you’re trying out to put your best foot forward, and I’m very pleased with what they saw and what I did out there. To be inducted into the Hall of Fame and come back and play, why not me? I know I can do it; it’s just a matter of someone giving me the opportunity.” Owens is 44 years old.

In college football news, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts recently expressed his disappointment on hearing comments about his quarterback situation.  Hurts commented on the “narrative” floating around that he’ll transfer if he’s not given the starting QB role. According to Hurts he never said anything about transferring.  “Nobody came up to me this whole spring…nobody asked me what my future held.” Coach Nick Saban is notorious for keeping a tight lid on how the team interacts with the media, so it will be interesting to see how he responds to Hurts speaking out.

In a ridiculous story coming out of the Pac-12 media day, reporter Dennis Dodd lambasted Stanford running back (and Heisman candidate) Bryce Love for skipping media day to attend class.  Love apologized for skipping the media fest by saying, “I really wanted to be there to represent the university. But I decided I just wasn’t able to make it happen this year. Based on other commitments, trying to graduate in December required me to take more classes over the summer.” These players are still considered “Student-Athletes”, so it’s unfortunate a reporter would reprimand a player for keeping up with his academic commitments.

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Red Sox sweep their 4 game series with the Yankees. Yankees trail the Red Sox by 9 1/2 games in the AL East. The Oakland A’s are also on a streak winning their 6th straight game.

 

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Urban Meyer Paid Administrative Leave, NBA And WNBA Signs Deal With MGM Resorts

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Ohio State football coach, Urban Meyer, was placed on administrative leave for allegedly knowing about a domestic abuse situation with one of his assistant coaches. Meyer led the Ohio State Buckeyes to a National Championship in 2014 and is considered one of the best coaches in college football. Temporarily taking over head coaching duties will be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. A statement from the school read, “The University is conducting an investigation into these allegations. During the inquiry, Urban Meyer will be on paid administrative leave. … We are focused on supporting our players and on getting to the truth as expeditiously as possible.”

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The NBA and WNBA signed a deal with MGM Resorts as their official gaming partner. Legalized gambling continues to evolve, and the NBA wants to make sure they remain at the forefront of the issue. According to the press release, “MGM Resorts will use official NBA and WNBA data and branding, on a non-exclusive basis, across MGM Resorts’ land-based and digital sports betting offerings throughout the United States.”

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Gronk Best Dancer In NFL, LiAngelo Available For NBA

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Many in the sports world have been speculating whether Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft is concerned that tight end Rob Gronkowski will retire this year. After Gronk’s now famous “dance off” with Shaquille O’Neal over the weekend at the debut of Shaq’s Fun House in Miami, Kraft was thrilled with Gronk’s athleticism and said, “I must say, I sort of got excited seeing him vault up on Shaq’s shoulders. For a guy that size to be able to hop up on a 7-foot-2-inch, or whatever Shaq is, is pretty cool. So, that speaks well about his potential athletic moves this coming year.’’ When Gronk does retire, he says wants to win “Dancing with the Stars” and that he’s “the best dancer in the NFL.”

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LiAngelo Ball, the former UCLA player who was involved in a shoplifting scandal in China and is currently playing in Lithuania with his younger brother LaMelo, has indicated he’ll be available for the NBA draft this year. LiAngelo seems to be playing well in Lithuania, but it’s unclear whether NBA teams will be interested in him.

 

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